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Events and Workshops

Indigenous Education and Cultural Services hosts regular events, including Sweat Lodges, cultural workshops, and guest speakers. In addition to these events, we also host workshops and provide class presentations that introduce attendees to the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, such as residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and how these continue to impact Indigenous peoples today.

One-on-one support is available for students who wish to learn more about Indigenous cultures from the Traditional Knowledge Keeper, and/or the Indigenous Cultural Advisor, as well as student mental health counselling from an Indigenous cultural approach. Contact for more information.


Guest Speaker Series

Thursday, November 14 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 61 Charles Street, Second Floor

In recognition of Louis Riel Day, Indigenous Educational and Cultural Services welcomes Jason Baerg, a Cree Métis artist. Join Baerg as he speaks about how his artwork has been influenced by profound Indigenous knowledge keepers and storytellers. For more information, contact

Indian Horse Film Viewing and Discussion

Watch Indian Horse, a movie about residential schools. The film will be followed by a talk with Indigenous Elder Tony Bomberry. A counsellor will be available throughout the event.

This event took place on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Regent Theatre. For more information, contact

Visiting Elder Program

Twice per year, we host a Visiting Elder Program to provide the university with an opportunity to learn from an Indigenous Elder. Elders are important members of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities and are recognized for their knowledge, experience, wisdom, harmony and balance.

This semester's elder was Elder Tony Bomberry, a residential school survivor and war veteran. Elder Tony spent 20 years working with the Ministry of Correctional Services and now works as an Indigenous combined court worker.

The Fall 2019 Visiting Elder Program took place between September 30 and October 4, 2019. Stay tuned for information regarding next semesters Visiting Elder. For more information, contact

Book an appointment with the Elder 

Mini Pow Wow

In the first week of the fall semester, community members are invited to the annual Mini Pow Wow in Polonsky Commons. A Pow Wow is a celebration that showcases Indigenous music, dances, traditional regalia, food, crafts and culture.

The 2019 Mini Pow Wow took place on Friday, September 6, 2019. Stay tuned for information regarding the 2020 Mini Pow Wow. For more information, contact

From Contact 'Til Now

From Contact 'Til Now is an interactive session facilitated by the Indigenous Education and Cultural Services team that will provide participants with an experiential learning opportunity designed to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the history of colonization and how it has affected and continues to affect Indigenous peoples today. This presentation will include a smudging ceremony during the session. A debrief about the exercise will follow to explain its importance and relevance.

Stay tuned for more information regarding the next From Contact 'Til Now workshop. For more information, contact